vexations (2014)

Vexations

 

Performance for the 50 Years of Minimalism exhibition at QuARTier A in Aalst, 6 September 2014.

 

Tom Deneckere performed Satie's Vexations in full over about 18 hours, with various performances in the same space throughout the day.

 

I don't associate the piece so much with visual minimalism as with suffocating Victorian drawing rooms; women in corsets and bustles; handicrafts and hysteria. Hence all the knitting and obsessive anagrams.

 

Photos by Karlien Deman and Sebastian Bradt

vexations

a light lace

vixen-toothed toxin

 

as vixen to

oxen i whale

through straitened days

 

vast oxen i

drive through laced

hourglass eye

 

native ox s in

whalebone stayed

blood slows, knots

 

so tax vein

subcutaneous lace

of knotted toxins

vain sex to

constrain

vex blood into stitching

 

ova is next

a slip from whale

to poisoned hours

 

vase toxin

my poisoned hourglass

my whaleboned poise

 

as to vixen

she slips through hot lace

of afternoon stays

 

vexations

a heavy knot

an afternoon poison